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Guest Instructors

The Firearms Academy of Seattle is honored to be chosen by the worlds’ premier firearms training school, GUNSITE ACADEMY to be the host range for several off-site classes in the year 2017. Gunsite was started in 1976 by Lt. Col. Jeff Cooper, and holds the distinction of having been the first, and most people would agree, the most prestigious firearms training school in the nation.

If you have always wanted to attend a Gunsite Academy course, but simply never was able to do so because of time and/or money constraints, and you live in the Pacific Northwest, here is your chance.

A note to FAS students from Director Marty Hayes:

“Just because you have taken training from FAS in the past, it doesn’t mean you should not branch out and take additional training from other instructors. The skills and materials may be similar, but I guarantee you there is new stuff you will learn. Additionally, shooting skills are perishable, and one needs to continue to train to hold on to those skills they do possess, as especially as we get older. I recommend Gunsite Academy without reservation.” --Marty Hayes

Seattle 150 Three Day Pistol Classpistol

This offsite class is a unique introduction to Gunsite training. The 150 Pistol class is 3 days of Gunsite teaching methods covering the Modern Technique of the pistol!

This is an excellent opportunity for first time students to learn Gunsite doctrine. It is also a great refresher for our alumni graduates. If you have always wanted the Gunsite Experience, this is your chance to do so while limiting your travel and time.

We will cover the Combat Triad – marksmanship, gun handling and mindset. As with all our courses, safety will drive everything we do as you progress during 3 days of the world‘s premier pistol training.

Dates: August 18-August 20, 2017

For more details and registration: https://www.gunsite.com/classes/seattle-3-day-150-pistol-class/

Call 928-636-4565

Taught in person by Massad Ayoob
A high intensity, four-day, 40-hour immersion course in rules of engagement for armed law-abiding private citizens, emphasizing legal issues, tactical issues, and aftermath management. Classroom topics will include interacting with suspects, witnesses, responding police officers, threat recognition and mind-set, management of social and psychological aftermath after having had to use lethal force in defense of self or others and preparing beforehand for legal repercussions and minimizing exposure to them. Situations in the home, at the place of business, or "on the street" will all be covered.

On the range, livefire instruction is based upon Ayoob's StressFire handgunning techniques. After interviewing hundreds of officers who had survived gunfights, Ayoob drew on their experiences, combined with his own extensive research to create a powerful combat handgun system, initially known as the StressFire shooting method. Ayoob's research showed that in life threatening situations, human beings experience profound physical and psychological pressures causing deterioration of fine motor skills, and altering perceptions of time and other sensory inputs. Combining proven shooting techniques with principles from various martial arts styles, StressFire is a system that not only works under the enormous stress of violent encounters but actually feeds off it.

These techniques are designed to bring out the student's maximum potential for shooting a handgun under stress and to achieve the optimum blend of speed and accuracy. Students will learn drawing from concealment, two-handed shooting stances, one-handed shooting with either hand, shooting from positions that work from behind cover, speed reloading and more with overall emphasis on fast, accurate shot placement. Training includes completion of a police-style qualification. This instruction is ideal for the shooter who wishes to hone and fine-tune their techniques. This is not a program for beginners or those new to the handgun; we recommend completion of our Level 2:Defensive Handgun class or equivalent from another reputable firearms training school prior to attending.

Livefire instruction includes--
  • Core Pistol and/or Revolver techniques
  • Emergency reload techniques
  • Several Stances and different grip techniques
  • Shooting with strength and speed
  • Cover positions
  • Shooting at distances from 4 yard to accuracy out to 15 yards
  • Strong hand only as well as weak hand only techniques
  • Alternate sighting techniques for speed and accuracy

Background check must be presented first morning of class.

Prerequisites: Not suitable for beginning shooters; we recommend completion of our Defensive Handgun class or equivalent from reputable instructional resource.

Class Dates: July 20-23, 2017

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About the instructor:

This is an intensive three-day course, with a lot of classroom work and a lot of shooting. The course time is divided about equally between classroom sessions and range firing, and each student will fire approximately 1,000 rounds of ammunition. Students will act as coaches for other students, and each will be coached extensively in turn. Students also receive a 200+ page training manual, which is a valuable information and reference resource. To graduate from this course, students must pass a shooting qualification and pass a written examination.
This course is geared toward teaching you how to teach others. Instruction includes:

  • Modern adult learning theory
  • Preparation, delivery, and documentation of training
  • Development of training aids, including power points and others
  • Coaching methodologies, diagnosing and correcting shooters’ errors
  • Modern, effective gunhandling techniques, designed to work under stress
  • Proper handling/operation of a variety of handgun types
  • Effective, efficient combat marksmanship technique

You will also increase your own shooting skills. Students should already have basic shooting/gunhandling skills and be above average shots prior to this course.
Equipment list below the Read More link.

Class date: June 16-18, 2017

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About the instructor--

Tom Givens is the owner/operator of Rangemaster, a premier training company to which he has dedicated his full time efforts since 1996. Before that, Givens completed a 25 year career in law enforcement and specialized security work. At Rangemaster, his duties have included firearms instruction, and he has trained law enforcement officers at the local, state, and federal level; foreign government agents; and military personnel including members of the 20th Special Forces Group.

FarnamThe emphasis of this course is on defensive rifle handling and shooting skills. Most of this class is on short to medium ranges, rapid target-acquisition, improvised shooting positions, “snapshooting” and more deliberate fire. Defensive situations are always emergencies, so we must also put considerable emphasis on speed. The rifle must be mounted quickly, fired quickly (but accurately!) and the shooter must always automatically prepare to fire again quickly. We will not ignore shooting in excess of one hundred meters completely, but we will concentrate on the shorter ranges. There will be single and multiple targets and students will have an opportunity to practice rational decision making.

Military autoloaders are strongly recommended as most of the class is spent firing at multiple targets. Lever actions are marginally adequate as students with lever actions are often frustrated by the frequency they must reload. However we will not accept bolt guns, rimfire rifles, or slug-shooting shotguns. Slings are mandatory, as we will be running a hot range. High-magnification, high profile, close eye-relief scopes are not recommended. We do recommend military peep, iron sights or low-power, forward mounted scopes. The best rifle is a military autoloader, but as we indicated, some hunting rifles will do. Also plan to bring knee pads and binoculars. Students are advised that their rifles will see some strenuous, rugged use and may get scratched up a bit. Pretty guns are best left at home. You will need 400 rounds of rifle ammunition.
Full equipment list under the Read More link.

Class Date: Sept. 23-24, 2017--Sorry! Class Full!


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About the instructor:
John S. Farnam, president of Defensive Training International, is one of the top handgun instructors in the world. He has personally trained thousands of federal, state and local law enforcement personnel, as well as non-police, in the serious use of firearms. In addition, he has authored four books on the subject -- The Farnam Method of Defensive Handgunning, The Farnam Method of Defensive Shotgun and Rifle Shooting, The Street Smart Gun Book, and Guns & Warriors - DTI Quips Volume 1.

In June of 1996, John was selected by his peers to receive the renowned Tactical Advocate of the Yearaward from the National Tactical Association. In April of 2009, he was inducted into Black Belt Magazine's Living Legends.

Vicki L. Farnam, teaching with her husband, John, has developed a powerful program for helping male instructors to be effective with female students. This controversial subject has brought Vicki into contact with many federal enforcement agencies as well as others on state and local levels. Her success has been phenomenal, and she is changing the thinking of the training industry worldwide. Her books, Teaching Women to Shoot: A Law Enforcement Instructor's Guide, and Women Learning to Shoot: A Guide for Law Enforcement Officers, are widely regarded as authoritative texts on the subject.

Each year John and Vicki travel around the world teaching the latest concepts in defensive marksmanship and tactics.



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